More on Sullivan

Almost on cue, Andrew comes back with another post essentially attacking Hillary Clinton.

I don’t really get what the big deal here is myself. Sen. Clinton isn’t telling her delegates who to vote for, but she’s making it clear that she’s going to vote for Obama. The message seems pretty clear to me; it’s great for her supporters that they’ll get to cast their vote for her in nomination if they want to, but the roll call is decidedly not some last minute ploy by the Clintons to come away with the nomination. It really strikes me as a great display of unity, and a downright noble move to heal wounds. Her delegates can vote for her, but she’s moved on and is committed to electing Obama. It’s downright statesmanesque.

But more to the point, if their are lingering divisions between Clinton supporters and Obama backers, I think people like Sullivan deserve much of the blame for it. Now maybe it’s not exactly fair to characterize it broadly that way, because Andrew is, of course, a conservative and, I suspect, came to support Obama mostly as an extension of his disdain for all things Clinton, but there’s a point at which it’s overkill. Andrew basically attacked Hillary for not doing something she couldn’t legally do, using general election money to repay debts incurred in the primary, and he chastised Obama for giving the Clintons speaking spots at the convention.

The latter I find extremely puzzling. Traditionally, the runner up from the primary and, especially, former (and sitting) Presidents from the party have nice speaking slots at the convention. That’s why the Republicans ultimately decided to have Buh and Cheney speak in St. Paul, even though they want to avoid connections to Bush at all costs. Because it’s so traditional for sitting Presidents to speak at the convention, not having them there would draw more attention than giving them a half hour. In the same manner, not having Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking in primetime this year would have been, to say the least, well out of the norm in terms of modern convention scheduling, and it would have both generated a lot of media attention and part anger for it. Indeed, I think I would be offended by it, and I was far from a Clinton supporter in the primary.

Now again, I generally like Andrew and his blog, but his Clinton hatred, and his general lack of familiarity with American electoral politics in general, is really, really, annoying.